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Fine early view of Venice, first published by Jansson in 1657 in his townbook of Italy), here with a new cartouche and a few other changes.

Beautiful bird's-eye view of Venice and neighboring islands (Murano, Burano, Torcello and Mazorbo), clearly depicting the city's architectural landmark. Shows the lagoon and canals decorated with gondolas, the Doge's barge and various other sailing ships and vessels.

Though Van der Aa used Jansson's copperplate (Cassini 43), he made important changes reflecting the growth of the city, notably the expansion of the Arsenal and the addition of several ships.

One of the most dramatic large format views Venice.

Pieter van der Aa Biography

Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.